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New Echo Park Development May Bring Ten New Restaurants To Sunset Boulevard
A roughly 200-foot-long stretch of Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park that included the long-time Asian market A Grocery Warehouse is being converted into a...well, not a food hall, but we don't exactly know how to call it.
In March, the Champion Real Estate Company bought a collection of buildings next door to the Little Joy bar (don't worry, the Little Joy wasn't sold and, as far as we know, isn't going anywhere). The purchased buildings include the former A Grocery Warehouse complex, as well as the former Super Home Mart building.
So, what exactly is taking its place? Something called BrickWorks.
According to Champion's website, the project will redevelop the "tired" retail buildings (not the best language to win over the neighborhood's long time residents) into "an eclectic collection of distinctive restaurants and residential lofts." The plans call for a potential 10 restaurants to "transform the center into a trendy urban food court."
Here's some more description from Champion Real Estate presented without comment:
Echo Park has been called the Williamsburg of the West Coast for good reason. With its recent influx of specialty coffee shops, chef driven restaurants, and the boho chic style of its residents, the neighborhood is a new epicenter of cool. Revitalization of the neighborhood has also increased the popularity of some historic neighborhood food and beverage staples and cutting edge music venues, making a day or evening trip a one of a kind experience. Brick Works is your way in to this vibrant community exploding with style, individuality and all things hip.
No timeline has been set yet for BrickWorks' development, but it will join a series of projects near and far in the continued food hall-ization of Los Angeles, including neighboring Mohawk Collective and Echo Park Village. But, of course, this is something the boho chic residents of the Williamsburg of the West Coast already know.
H/T: The Eastsider